“I’m only a caveman, your language frightens and confuses me.” Or something like that, Phil Hartman.
Beyond the cultural insensitivity, why in the world would Japanese players learning English expand baseball’s reach in the USA?
Whenever I see that guy, I change the channel.
Now that I think about it, how good is th’English proficiency of the Seattle Mariners’ former teammate Ichirou Suzuki?
Why would someone being paid 6-figures to play in a foreign land care if the sport “grew” there?
the fact is that japanese players speak english to a certain extent, as do all players born in other countries. what the commentator is blissfully unaware of is the japanese cultural trait that makes most japanese players opt to use an interpreter in post-game interviews – embarrassment. japanese are taught english throughout their school years and 99.9% never speak it because they’re too shy to make mistakes in a foreign language. darvish and kawasaki are anomalies among japanese players and japanese people in general…
May 22, 2015